Chris Schlueter is BP’s Country Manager for Georgia. He has been with BP over 30 years with prior primary assignments in USA’s Alaska arctic, United Kingdom’s North Sea, Russia’s East and West Siberia, Angola’s deep-water and today Georgia, as well as experience in many other countries. Throughout his career Chris has specialized in engineering, operations, projects and management of large scale oil and gas production and pipeline facilities. Chris is a chemical engineering graduate from the California Institute of Technology.
Anders Marvik has in his 20 years work career gained broad oil and gas industry understanding and knowledge. He is currently Vice President and head of the Statoil EU political Affairs Office, and he has previously held management positions within Corporate Strategy, Business Intelligence and Treasury.
He has broad international experience having worked and lived for extended periods in Norway, UK, Belgium, and Venezuela. He areas of expertise are in strategy, business intelligence, political affairs, industry analysis, business development, treasury, finance, technical understanding and full value chain knowledge and experience.
Born on 10 July 1960 in Kutaisi (Georgia). In 1977 Mr.Badri Japaridze graduated from Kutaisi Secondary school N 29 and was enrolled to Tbilisi State University, the Faculty of Psychology, which graduated with honor in 1982. The same year Mr.Badri Japaridze entered Moscow State University. Faculty of Psychology and in 1985 finished the post-graduate course. In October, 1990 Mr.Badri Japaridze was elected as majority deputy of Oni District in Supreme Council of Georgia and participated in signing the Georgian Declaration of Independence.
From January 1991 to September 1997 Mr.Badri Japaridze was employed as a lecturer in Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Psychology. He has edited 10 scientific works. From 1992 till July 1993 he was employed by JSC “TBC (Tbilisi Business Center) Group” as the Head of Foreign Relations Department .
From 1992 Mr.Badri Japaridze is the founder partner and member of Supervisory Board of JSC “TBC Bank”. From July, 1993 he held the position of Vice-President of “TBC-Group”. Since May 1995 up to now Mr.Badri Japaridze is the Vice-President and founder partner of “Georgian Glass and Mineral Water & Co N. V.”. From September 1996 up to present he is the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC “TBC Bank”. In 2004 Mr.Badri Japaridze was elected as the Member of the Board of Directors of American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.
John Braeckeveldt is director of Gosselin Georgia, a small business in Georgia, which is handling international removals in the Caucasus region, handling warehousing and storage facility, customs broker services and freight forwarding.
Next to this he also is owner of two small trade companies DBR-group and Bj-Ltd.
John is living in Georgia for the last 8 years and speaks next to his mother tongue Dutch also English, French, German and Georgian.
Nick Gvinadze is the Managing Partner of Gvinadze & Partners LLC, a leading Georgian business law firm. With over a decade in senior management positions in private law practice, Mr. Gvinadze has accumulated abundant experience in the whole spectrum of both Georgian and cross-border commercial law, with particular focus on energy, tax and dispute resolution.
Before re-launching Gvinadze & Partners in 2010, Mr. Gvinadze was a partner at DLA Piper Gvinadze & Partners LP, headed Ernst & Young’s legal practice in Georgia, was a partner at GCG Law Office (a leading Georgian law firm in the 1990’s), served as an attorney to the Financial Department of the Georgian Parliament, and acted as local counsel to an international law firm in the UK. He is also the former Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he authored the Court’s Arbitration Rules, and has also sat on the Grants Commission at the Open Society Georgia Foundation, as well as on the Investment Support Council at the Georgian Parliament. Over the years, Mr. Gvinadze has lectured extensively on various aspects of Georgian and International Business Law at various leading educational institutions in Georgia.
Mr. Gvinadze has advised on a number of key foreign investment projects in Georgia, including major oil and gas transportation projects in the Caspian region, and has acted in a number of higher profile proceedings in the Georgian Courts as well as in international arbitration.
Born on 14 July 1974 (Georgia). Mr. George Chirakadze graduated Tbilisi State University, Physics BD (1991-1995) & CERMA Business School, Executive MBA (2003-2006). George also studied in University of Oxford, University College while attending Astronomy & Physics Training (1989-1992).
From 1992-1995 he was a Vice President of Young Scientists Club of Georgia (YSC). In 1992-1997 he was a President of Young Scientists International Association (YSIA).
In 1997-2001 he has established United Global Technologies (UGT) – now leading IT Company in Georgia and Caucasus Region. From 2001 up to present he is President & CEO of United Global Technologies (UGT). Mr. George Chirakadze has over 10 years experience of running different commercial and non profit organizations as an Executive Manager. More then 5 years experience as a Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2004 David graduated from Williams College, London CA General English Language – Advanced. During 1991-1997 he studied at the Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi BSc Finance – Finance & Credit Management. In 1991-1992 he completed Economic Institute of Gori, Gori Faculty – Accounting, Control & Audit.
At present David is Treasury Manager of VTel Georgia. From 2007 to 2008 he was Finance Manager at BMI (British Midland International) in Georgia. During 2003 –2007 worked as Finance Manager at British Mediterranean Airways in Georgia. From 1998 to 2003 he was Finance & Administration Officer at British Airways Georgia. During 1997–1998 worked as Ground Operations Supervisor at VDIS Georgia. David is fluent in Georgian, Russian and English.
The knowledgeable and experienced manager with a solid background in finance, accounting and tax management developed through working in energy, communication and airline businesses, including the UK’s flagship carrier; an effective motivator and team player with well-developed interpersonal and leadership skills.
Resilient character complemented with a proven ability to deliver results on time and within budget. Always willing to learn more and open to challenges.